Welcome to UTC South Durham

A very warm welcome to UTC South Durham, a state-funded school and sixth form for 14-19 year olds with a strong technical and academic focus. We opened in September 2016 and are located in Aycliffe Business Park in a purpose-built building with fantastic facilities and state-of-the-art equipment.

We exist to help young people get ready for the world of work and find meaningful technical and academic careers. The University of Sunderland, Hitachi Rail Europe and Gestamp Tallent collaborated to create the school and to provide a fast track to a wide variety of rewarding professions right here in the heart of the North East.

The North East has a proud history of industry and technical innovation; it also has an exciting future. Young people are interested in technology and looking for meaningful careers. Companies are looking for bright young people who are ready for work and are determined to succeed. The UTC is designed to match those needs and ensure that both our students and companies thrive.

Our first cohort of students left in 2018 and their destinations are impressive. Headlines include:

  • 100% of our Year 11 leavers have a positive destination in education, employment or training.

For Year 13 leavers:

  • All who wanted to have gone to University and 100% of those went to study STEM degrees.
  • Over half of our 18 year olds have secured Apprenticeships (higher or advanced) – seven times the national average!

At our first Ofsted inspection in January 2019 we achieved ‘Good’ judgments across all categories. We are delighted about this as it rare for new schools and shows the strength of core education that underpins the UTC.

This focused approach to education is new to the North East of England and employers and parents alike say that young people leave the UTC with strong workplace skills and a confidence that sets them up for future careers.

Please come and visit us to see our impressive facilities and meet our students for yourself.

Tom Dower


UTC South Durham Prinicpal

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